I always talked about things I’d never do when I had a baby. Cosleeping was one of those things. Things don’t always go how you’d expect and I thought maybe explaining my sleep journey with my baby might help some of you!
I knew I wanted Leo in my room because I’ve always been so scared of SIDs and knew I’d be getting up to feed ever few hours and didn’t want to walk through the house!
After two months of getting out of bed every 2 hours my friend told me she stays in bed to nurse. This changed my life. I no longer had to get out of bed! Of course I still had to wake up but being able to stay where I was was life changing. That meant Leo stayed in my bed. Everything I read about doing this scared me but the lack o sleep scared me even more so I went with it.
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Nice Crib Mattress
Around 6 months he was still getting up every two hours and I knew why; I was right next to him. It was time for him to be on his own and learn to self soothe a little bit. I had so much fear around leaving him alone. The crib mattress we had for him made me feel more ok about it. We have a Newton’s baby mattress that is completely washable (amazing), but more importantly extremely breathable. I honestly don’t think transitioning would have gone as smoothly without it!
We transferred him to his crib and I have to say, that first night was hard. I missed my baby right by me and was scared he wouldn’t be ok. He still got up every three hours, but I knew I needed to stick it out.
My doctor advised me to start letting him try to go back to bed if he woke up after three hours. The first night I let him cry through that first feeding, he fell asleep on his own after probably 5 minutes! I was so shocked. When you hear your little one cry you think for sure they are up for good. I would monitor him on my baby monitor and see him slowly go back to sleep.
Now, at 10 months, Leo sleeps from 9 to 7 and I feel like I have my life back! Some tricks I have found really work to help him sleep longer seem pretty intuitive now. Routine is number one. Even if he doesn’t need a bath, giving him a bath while I play some calming music is awesome.
I also have an Echo Dot in his room so I can play white noise for him as I get him dressed. Sometimes I’ll play Enya if he’s a little riled up. It’s so easy to just tell her what I want and set the volume without having to even walk over to it. Our Echo Dot is referbished (like this one) but it still works just as well and saved us a little money.
Another thing I do is give him a little lavender massage. I made this lavender cream for him and the scent helps him know what time it is. We also have a diffuser that I think is a must in every baby room. Even if it’s just to help with the smell of diapers! I honestly think scents help trigger specific routines for him such as when it’s time to play vs time to sleep.
I truly believe every mom knows what is best for their little one. If you have been cosleeping and feeling like it’s time for a transition, give a few of these things a shot and maybe it will help you too!